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According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, reports have been made of the canine flu in Fairfield and other California areas. We encourage you to learn more about this condition and get in touch with a veterinarian in Fairfield who can answer any concerns or questions you may have about canine influenza virus.
The canine flu is an extremely contagious dog illness easily transmitted via droplets of saliva or other airborne particles from an infected animal (e.g., through sneezing, barking, or coughing). It's caused by a strain of influenza virus affecting animals like dogs and cats (no known case of canine flu transmission from dogs to humans has been reported). The virus can survive for up to 2 days on hard surfaces, up to 24 hours on your clothes, and up to 12 hours on your hands.
It typically takes about 2 to 3 days after initial exposure to for a dog to start showing signs of the canine flu, although they can still infect other animals even with no signs. Symptoms are generally mild to moderate and may include:
In some cases, especially in dogs with weaker immune systems, pneumonia-like signs may develop including severe respiratory difficulties and high-grade fever. Deaths can occur in these instances, although most dogs recover from the canine flu with appropriate treatment.
If your dog shows any of the above signs, you should bring it in to see our veterinarian in Fairfield to get a confirmed diagnosis (many other conditions present like the canine flu and will need to be ruled out). Once a diagnosis is confirmed treatment can begin, which may include IV fluids to prevent dehydration, medications to reduce fever and inflammation, and medications to resolve secondary bacterial infections.
In addition to treatment, our Fairfield veterinarian team can educate you on how to prevent the spread of dog flu and take care of your sick dog at home. Follow these tips:
The canine flu is a serious health condition that can be prevented in your sweet animal. At the Sunset Animal Hospital in Fairfield, we're happy to answer your questions and provide your animal companion with effective canine influenza virus treatment.